There are different types of dryers sold in the market. However, all of them have similar functions. Dryers only differ in sizes and added features. Many new dryers have moisture sensors. These sensors automatically stop the machine when the laundry is dry. Nevertheless, it is all the same. Do not assume that you have to purchase a new dryer if you have a new washer.
If you do not have a dryer (or your old dryer is broken beyond repair), and you are looking forward to buy a new one, determine how much space you have left. Consider the constraints of the laundry area and find out the size of the space that you can allot for your dryer.
Here are the different types of clothes dryers available:
Full-sized dryers. Most full-sized dryers are about 27 to 29 inches wide. These models can typically handle about 6 to 7 ½ cubic feet. This is the most practical type of dryer for most homeowners. Some models can dry comforters and other bulky items. Check the specifications or ask the sales representative to confirm if your chosen model can dry bulky items.
Space-saving dryers. Space-saving dryers are very compact. These models are typically about 24 inches wide or less. It is suitable for singles and those who live in apartments. Depending on the model, you can stack a front-loading compact dryer on top of a front-loading washer.
However, space-saving dryers can only do half the capacity of full size model. It can only dry about 3 ½ cubic feet of laundry. It has a small opening that makes it more difficult to load and unload compared to a full-sized dryer.
Washer-dryer laundry centers. This model combines the dryer and washer in one unit. Washer-dryer laundry centers’ perform much like a full-sized machine. However, it holds less than a stand-alone full-sized dryer.
Also, it is important to learn about the added features of each dryer. Learn how each feature can work on your advantage. Choose the dryer with features that fit your lifestyle. It is not practical to purchase a dryer with features that you cannot actually use.